Shack­led to debt

The Advertiser - - LETTERS -

IN­DUS­TRY ex­perts warn that mort­gage cus­tomers will be shack­led to their lenders (The Ad­ver­tiser, 12/1/19).

“Shack­led” is an in­ter­est­ing term to de­scribe a mod­ern-day form of debt pe­on­age. Even more in­ter­est­ing is that debtors should be de­scribed as cus­tomers.

All debt, in­clud­ing bank card debt, shack­les bor­row­ers and not only to the lender but to their em­ployer.

Debt has a very sober­ing in­flu­ence on wage de­mands, and ar­guably ac­counts for the slow wages growth over the past few years. It’s a brave em­ployee who threat­ens to strike for higher wages when shack­led with debt. BOB RUWOLDT, Sea­combe Heights evening. I felt af­fronted. How dare he pre­sume to con­tact me.

I also have a “no junk mail” sticker on my mail­box, which has been tra­versed at least twice by Mr Palmer’s team, who think they can dis­re­gard my re­quest.

I can think of no bet­ter ex­am­ple of “junk” than that which flows from Palmer’s party.

This bully-boy tac­tic of over­rid­ing peo­ple’s clear re­quests is typ­i­cal of a man who has used his wealth and his in­flated view of his own opin­ions to dis­re­gard com­mon de­cency. Shame on Clive Palmer. STEPHAN CLARK, Al­lenby Gar­dens

Hu­man­ity is now in an age where long-term en­vi­ron­men­tal ethics must take prece­dence over short-term hu­man in­ter­ests.

At a po­lit­i­cal level, eth­i­cal leg­is­la­tion should pri­ori­tise ur­gent ac­tion to pro­tect our ir­re­pla­ca­ble, pre­cious nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment from fur­ther harm and ed­u­cate ev­ery­one in ways to live sus­tain­ably with na­ture, not against it.

SI­MONE HUNTER, Hove

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